*PARENTS* Please be mindful of the holidays coming up in the next month.
In February, there are two Mondays off in a row for Presidents’ birthdays, Lincoln’s Feb. 8 and Washington’s Feb. 15.
All of this is on the calendar at mdusd.org and on the Hidden Valley folder parents received at All In One Day.



Kindergarten registration will start on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in “A” pod.

You can find a lot of information on our website:http://hiddenvalley.mdusd.org/. Go to Our School and then registration procedures.

Appointments are advised for returning the paperwork. (Appointment times are between 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. or between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) Please go to our Hidden Valley website “SignUp Genius” link to pick an appointment time or sign up with Kathy in the school office (if you do not have a computer).

Packets for registration will be available starting Jan. 25th in the office. If you have a computer please do the on-line registration. The benefit of this method is cleaner data (since you are entering it and our office staff will not make errors deciphering numbers or letters.) and not having to enter your student information 10 times on numerous pages! Instructions will be available when you come to the office if you need help. The website is: http://air.mdusd.org/air

There are other pages that are not included online so be sure to pick these up in the office!

It is not necessary to bring your children with you on registration day, but they are welcome. Since appointments are only 15 minutes you will be in and out in a flash!

If you cannot make registration day, you may drop off your completed registration materials in the school office any day after February 2nd; however, time requests are done on a first come/first serve basis. The early friend’s time slot fills up quickly. If you don’t absolutely need the early time slot, consider giving yourself and your child a little more time in the morning to get going.


imgresWill Aladdin find his Magic Lamp? Be sure to find out when Missoula Children’s Theater (MCT) returns to Hidden Valley this winter to direct Hidden Valley students in a performance of Aladdin. Their Little Red Truck will be pulling in to Martinez in February and auditions of all interested Hidden Valley students will take place after school February 22. Between 50 and 60 students will be cast by MCT directors for roles in performances of Aladdin. These will take place Friday evening, February 26 and Saturday afternoon, February 27. Informational fliers and permission slips were sent home home. If your child wishes to audition, be sure to fill out the permission slip and return it to the box in the office by February 19. For questions, please contact Kendra Hurley at Kendrapat@comcast.net

Audition flier: aladdin audition notice

Permission slip: aladdin permission slip


This Friday, January 15th, all students will be attending a Soul Shoppe assembly called “100% You.” The message will focus will on how assumptions and judgments can get in the way of really knowing someone. Students will learn how to use empathy and the “T.H.I.N.K. tool” to go beyond labels and stereotypes to really know and accept others for who they truly are. The assemblies will be in the A Pod, and parents are welcome to attend. The times for the assemblies are:

8:40-9:30 5th grade
9:55-10:40 3rd grade
10:45-11:15 Kindergarten
11:20-11:50 2nd grade
12:50-1:30 1st grade
1:40-2:30 4th grade


Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 28. Amy McClane from Soul Shoppe will be at Hidden Valley from 6:30-8:00 pm for a parent night presentation in the library. Come learn how you can use Soul Shoppe tools to help support your child. We will show a movie (with supervision provided) for students in the multi-use room.


Dear Hidden Valley Community,

Welcome to the New Year! I hope your family has enjoyed the holidays together.

As we resume school in 2016, it is really important for all students to get back into a routine that supports learning and good health. Please help your child be successful by making sure s/he gets plenty of rest, and eats a well-balanced diet.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 28. Amy McClane from Soul Shoppe will be at Hidden Valley from 6:30-8:00 pm for a parent night presentation in the library. Come learn how you can use Soul Shoppe tools to help support your child. We will show a movie (with supervision provided) for students in the multi-use room.

I’ve received a number of messages from parents who have expressed concerns about safety in the back parking lot. If you use the back lot, please keep the following in mind:

  • Always use caution; drive slowly in and out of the lot at all times
  • Park only in designated spots (please do not park in disabled spots unless you have a placard)
  • If you back into a spot, be sure to leave enough room for pedestrians to use the sidewalk

I would encourage anyone who witnesses someone breaking the law to contact the Martinez Police Department. Please be prepared to provide the make, model, and license plate number so the police are able to trace the vehicle.

In January, all students will be taking the iReady English Language Arts and math diagnostic tests. These tests will help measure the academic progress your child has made since the first diagnostic tests were administered back in September. Students will continue working on iReady lessons at school. We encourage all students to use the iReady program at home as well. You can find the iReady link on the Hidden Valley website under the Homepage Locker. Your child is familiar with the process to log in. You can also log in by following this link https://login.i-ready.com/. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Intra-district applications (grades 1-5) are available until January 15, 2016 at the school sites, on the web site @ mdusd.org, and at the District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA  94519 in the Welcome Center, Room 1.  The deadline to apply for an intra-district transfer is January 15, 2016. The deadline for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten is March 1, 2016.  NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THESE DUE DATES.

Here is to a productive and prosperous New Year. Thank you for entrusting us with your child or children. It is our pleasure and privilege to teach and spend time with them each day. We appreciate all you do to support your child’s success at Hidden Valley.



Rich Gorton



Do, or do not. There is no try. – Yoda


Happy New Year, Hidden Valley community! It is hard to believe that 2015 has ended. I am excited for a new beginning and look forward to continuing our successes here at Hidden Valley Elementary.

We managed to fit quite a bit into the short month of December. Girl Scout Troop 32132 facilitated the One Warm Coat Drive where they collected 383 coats for the homeless. Troops 31482, 33739 and 33333 aided in the efforts (we all know, it takes a village.) Thank you for your contribution to our community!

The See’s Candy fundraiser sold approximately $27,000 giving your PFC a profit of approximately $9,000. We give 8% of the profit to Student Council. Thank you to all who participated, purchased, and volunteered time. A very BIG thank you to Michelle Lotman for managing this fundraiser. Your tireless efforts and dedication are greatly appreciated!

Our Scholastic Book Fair sold over $10,000! Our profit is split as cash and Scholastic Dollars. This profit is used to benefit the Library. Thank you, Amanda Moses for running the Book Fair and thank you to all who patronized and/or volunteered your time. It is because of you, this fundraiser is a success.

The Craft and Vendor Faire was also a success. I saw smiles on the faces of the sellers and buyers. The buzz in the room was infectious. From unique handmade items to practical household use products, and pictures with Santa, this event brought our community together. Amanda Quatacker and Kim Williams are the reason this was possible. Thank you to you and your team of volunteers. Thank you to the crafters and vendors for sharing your products with us. Thank you to our community for supporting the efforts of everyone involved.

To give us a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, Tracey Rentner coordinated a family movie night. She showed Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas. The kids had fun and the parents had a chance to relax. Thank you, Tracey!

To complement our busy December, January will be a rather slow month. Whew! There are behind the scenes preparations happening for our Annual Dinner Auction and information for our 2nd annual Spell-A-Thon will go home at the end of the month. I will see you at our PFC meeting on Tuesday, January 5th at 7pm in the Library. Thanks to this amazing community for a spectacular year and welcome to 2016!

Check us out at HVPFC.com and on our Facebook page (Parent Faculty Club at Hidden Valley Elementary).


Angie Vickroy (4vickroys@gmail.com)


Interview with Mrs. Hults

By Erin Hurley, 5th Grade

1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Moraga, CA.

2. Where did you go to college? I went to college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

3. What was your favorite T.V. show growing up? I loved watching Brady Bunch and Little House and the Prairie when I was growing up.

4. What is your favorite subject to teach? Why?  I love teaching first graders to read, and teaching English Learners to speak English.   These are fundamental skills that the students will use their entire lives.  Teaching English and reading unlocks so much more learning!

5. Have you taught any other grades besides 1st? If so, what grades? I’ve taught 1st through 3rd grades.  I’ve taught ELD from Kinder up to 5th grade. I’ve also taught adults going to college to become teachers.

6.  What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? I like to hang out with my family.  We like to travel, go to plays and play games.   

7. What is your favorite part about teaching? Why? I have two favorite things.  Teaching is never boring!  Always interesting, always changing.  My other favorite thing is seeing that look on a students’ faces when they have figured out something or learned something new.  Those looks never gets old!